President Chen Shui-bian (
Presidential Office Spokesman David Lee (
Lee made the remarks in response to a report published yesterday by the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the Taipei Times' sister paper), which said that incumbent Grand Justice Lai Ying-jaw (
As stipulated in the Constitution, eight of the grand justices, including the president and the vice president of the Judicial Yuan who were appointed in 2003, are to serve four years, while the rest are to serve eight years.
Judicial Yuan President Weng Yueh-sheng (
This is why the president has to put forward a list of eight nominees for grand justices to fill the vacancies.
Other incumbent grand justices -- Lai, Hsu Pi-hu (徐璧湖), Peng Feng-chih (彭鳳至), Lin Tze-yi (林子儀), Hsu Tsung-li (許宗力), Hsieh Tsai-chuan (謝在全) and Hsu Yu-hsiu (許玉秀) -- will see their terms of office expire in September 2011.
The post of vice president of the Judicial Yuan has been left vacant since last April after the resignation of Cheng Chung-mo (城仲模) amid allegations that he had relations with a female assistant professor at the National Yunlin University of Science and Technology.
Tseng Yuan-chuan (
Meanwhile, the People First Party (PFP), an ally of the KMT, responded positively to the idea of Lai serving as Judicial Yuan president.
Daniel Hwang (
"If Lai is nominated by the president, the PFP will exercise the right of confirmation after reviewing his qualifications," Hwang said.